welcome the Prime Minister's decision to allow Cabinet Ministers
to begin their campaigns for the Party leadership in earnest.
"A change in leadership should provide
our Party with the opportunity to renew itself, to look towards
the judgement of history rather than that of the nightly news. For
this to be possible, the leadership race must be a meaningful contest
between competing visions of the public good. The Prime Minister's
release of Cabinet Ministers will broaden the field of individuals
and ideas immensely, and will make a true national debate possible.
"Both the moral authority of our next Party
leader and the health of our country's democracy will hinge upon
the vigour of the coming Liberal leadership campaign. It would have
been neither in the Liberal Party's interest nor in the public interest
to restrain Cabinet Ministers and subdue the leadership race any
"If the leadership of the Liberal
Party is to be worth winning, Liberals must be patriots before we
are partisans. As a member of the Party's National Executive, I
believe that we will have to be uncompromising in ensuring that,
over the course of this unusually long leadership race, no candidate
is allowed to neglect the national interest in the pursuit of his
or her ambitions."
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